The CTAE Connector
From the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education
October 2021 • Preparing Today for Tomorrow's Workforce
September was a busy month as we continued to soar into this school year!
Pamela Davis was selected as our first Senior Supervisor of Career and Technical Education and Thomas Brochu was named Senior Supervisor of Adult Education. They will collaborate with staff members to ensure schools, programs and teachers are fully supported.
Program Coordinators began visiting schools to welcome teachers back and see students learning in a variety of classrooms and labs. We continued to create and implement procedures based on the unique needs of career, technical and adult education throughout our district.
Looking forward, October brings the end of first quarter. Several of our Business programs will administer Microsoft Office industry certifications and middle school students will take Digital Tools exams. The Career Advisory Council, lead by business partners Keven Barber from Ironworkers and Jerry DeGroot from Precision ERS, will hold a general membership meeting on October 14th. The CTAE team is also preparing for Program Advisement meetings with every high school and middle school administrative team so that they can prepare for the 2022-2023 school year.
We remained focused on "Preparing Today for Tomorrow's Workforce" - always keeping students at the center of the work we do.
Thanks for continuing to follow our journey!
Please feel free to contact us at 813-794-2204, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PascoCTE!
Stay safe, keep it simple and be well,
Lori Romano, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education
Wendell Krinn Technical High School Commercial Arts Student Creates Our New Look!
This past spring, the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education realized that we needed to revise our “CTE” logo to reflect our new mission and vision of "Preparing Today for Tomorrow’s Workforce", and also include Adult Education programs in our branding. We knew that we have a wealth of young creative talent across our district, so we reached out to students in our Arts, A/V Technology and Communications career cluster, inviting them to reimagine our logo.
We received 87 entries from middle, high school, and post-secondary students, and after three rounds of voting, narrowed the field down to three designs. Our team asked the finalists to make a few revisions, and then we voted once more. The decision was unanimous, as one design exemplified our vision of creating pathways to career success for all students. It was modified slightly before we felt the final version was “just right”. We proudly unveiled our new image as we wore CTAE-branded shirts at this summer’s statewide Florida Association of Career and Technical Education conference.
At the September 14th School Board meeting, we congratulated Ms. Morgan Nieman, and thanked her for designing our new CTAE logo. She is a senior at Wendell Krinn Technical High School, and is co-enrolled in Ms. Linda Bourne’s Commercial Arts program at Marchman Technical College. Morgan was awarded you an Amazon gift card for your winning design, and was presented you with this plaque as an additional “thank you” for bringing our vision to life. We wish her a very successful senior year and an even more inspiring professional career!
ABOVE: Superintendent of Schools Kurt Browning, Morgan Nieman, and School Board Vice Chair Cynthia Armstrong
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• Wiregrass Ranch High School's Culinary Arts program is brainstorming ideas for fundraisers. It's always fun to see what Chef Wilson Rodriguez and his students are cooking up!
Pasco High School
Mustangs continue learning in JWMHS' new CTE Journalism & Multimedia program!
- Submitted by Susan McNulty
Wildcats Learn Soft Skills
Follow the program on Twitter: @BusinessWildca1
NTA Partners with CFPF to Support Future Educators!
Farm-to-Table at Anclote Culinary Arts
- Submitted by Riana Barber
Nothing Cheesy About the LOLHS Gator Chefs!
Chef Cooper and Chef Blythe will judge their own preliminary competition and narrow it down to the top 12 to compete and have asked their WONDERFUL CTE district team to come and judge the finalists!
They are looking forward to serving the winning grilled cheese in our Lakeview Cafe for all district staff and LOLHS teachers and staff to enjoy in the month of October!
- Submitted by Jeremy Blythe
Internship to Workforce!
He is going to school full time and working in CyberSecurity, balancing both very well.
He is looking forward to attending USF for a B.S. in Cybersecurity.
- Submitted by Scott Tumelty
Fire Science Students Master Real-Life Skills
As the role of a firefighter is constantly evolving and changing to the needs of the community that relies on the, students in the program are able to learn why these changes have occurred. They also learn how firefighters around the country adapt to and embrace the change.
Our students get to practice what they learn in our state-of-the-art ambulance simulator and fire-training building located right on our campus.
- Submitted by teacher Steve Coward
Designing Support for the Sharks
Our Promotional Enterprise program has begun taking screen printing and banners orders from our Athletic and Band Department. As the program continues to grow and expand, our goal is for Anclote to become self-sufficient in providing all t-shirts, banners and Anclote gear to the school. This streamline process will allow for faster processing of orders while supporting and raising money for our Promotional Enterprise program. Eventually, our goal is to start taking orders from other schools and then open up to the District.
- Submitted by Amanda Lenhardt and Riana Barber
ESOL Adult Education Learners
The creative juices were flowing in week three as students read aloud children's books to the class. One student, Gabriela, took this assignment to the next step by adding some props for her presentation. In week four, we saw students getting very comfortable speaking in front of others with various role playing focused on "meeting others" and "asking for basic information".
Isabel Amortegui and Angela Manozca earned Students of the Month award.
- Submitted by Rebecca Sandy, ESOL Instructor
Meet Joanne Webster, Secretary II
What was your position and where did you work before joining CTAE?
What's your favorite thing about working for CTAE?
I enjoy a lot of things - one of my most favorite is the people I work with. Everyone is very hard working and we all work very well together.
Where did you grow up?
Where did you attend college or post-secondary education?
Macomb Community College
What do you like to do in your free time?
My favorite thing to do in my free time is to be with my girls, whether watching them play soccer or just being at home, relaxing and watching a good movie.
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